Fruitastic picnic at Springlands

18:51, Nov 27 2012
Bec Hopson
Springlands School pupils, from left, Bec Hopson, 11, Mel Marreet-Rawiri, 11, and Rebekah Foley, 10. Fruitastic Friday organisers.

Three Springlands School pupils' drive to get their friends eating more healthy fruit and vegetables at school and at home saw the whole school take part in Fruitastic Friday last week.

Mel Barreet-Rawiri, 11, Bec Hopson, 11, and Rebekah Foley, 10, were the driving force behind the day, which they decided to organise after joining the school's Go MAD (Go Make a Difference) group.

"The students planned it all and drove the whole thing, they have done a great job," said principal Gaylene Beattie.

Mel, Bec and Rebekah said that they were keen to have their friends eat more fruit. "One of our friends never even liked to eat apples but now she does," said Rebekah.

The girls were helped in making the day happen by the Go MAD group. As part of their organisation they had to send out info on the day to parents through the school's newsletter. The Go MAD group grew seedlings from plants that had gone to seed in the school's vegetable garden, which they sold to pupils and staff on Friday.

The preparations took the pupils two weeks, with the day going off without a hitch. "It went really well," said Bec.

"Pretty much everybody has brought fruit and healthy lunches to school."

During class the pupils also learned about healthy eating and did activities based around the theme before having a big school picnic together at lunch time.


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